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ECFRS shows respect to armed forces in Remembrance Service

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service colleagues gathered this morning (Friday 10 November) to show their respect for our Armed Forces ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

A parade including both uniformed and support staff took place at Service Headquarters, Kelvedon Park, before a two-minute silence was held at 11am.

Wreaths from both Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner were laid at the Service flagpole, including messages of tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in battle.

Fittingly, colleagues gathered 100 years to the day since the end of the Battle of Passchendaele – one of World War One’s most brutal conflicts which saw more than 250,000 soldiers lose their lives.

Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley made a speech at the Service.

Adam said: “As a Service we are incredibly proud of our armed forces and I was delighted to see so many colleagues join us to honour those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

“The sacrifices our forces have made - and are continuing to make - around the world will never be forgotten.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones they have left behind."

For more information about the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, visit: http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/

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